Small Car Tours: San Francisco
Saturday, June 18
Ever wonder if there was more to love about San Francisco besides the hordes of people at Pier 39? Growing up in San Francisco, I’ve discovered a few lesser known gems around the city that I’d love to share with you! These gems include hiking spots, pretty views, yummy food, and of course, boba (and/or ice cream). Whether you’ve been living in the Bay your entire life, or you’re new to the area, come join for a tour!
(“Small Car Tours” is a play on “Big Bus Tours,” get it?).
Laurette Beeson & Anna Van Riesen
Friday, July 22 | 5–7pm
Learn how to make delicious jam for yourself or to give away as great gifts! You can bring your favorite fruit type if you like but not required. All supplies will be provided.
Cook Together: Mediterranean Feast
Saturday, June 25 | 5 - 7 pm
Cooking together is fun. Let’s gather to cook a Mediterranean Feast. We will prepare Hummus, Tabbouleh, Spanakopita and Steak Pitas. Please contact Jennifer Rodriguez with questions.
Cook Together: Mexican Fiesta
Saturday, July 16 | 5 pm
Let's come together to prepare and enjoy a meal together this summer!. We will make Mexican themed meal with vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes.
Faith is Spelled R-I-S-K
Ron and Amanda Giles
Sundays June 19 & 26, July 10, 17, 24 & 31 | 9:15–10:15am
To be a disciple of Jesus is to become His apprentice – learning to do what He did and to do it right in the middle of everyday life as we know it. “Faith is spelled R-I-S-K” is a motto that we can carry along with us on our journey as Christians, every week, from Sunday to Saturday, from birth to death, as Kingdom people. Come join us as we learn together using a Vineyard study booklet, Biblical passages, and some outside sources to explore what it means to risk in faith within our everyday lives. Please contact Ron Giles at to let us know you are coming!
Prayer Ministry Training
Susan Van Riesen & Diane Wood
Saturday, June, 25 | 9:30am-12noon
Learn how to be led and empowered by the Holy Spirit as you pray for others. If you have never been to a Prayer Ministry Training or if it's been a while and you need a refresher, please come and be equipped! We will talk about the Biblical foundations of Holy Spirit-led prayer, practical implications and about safety and consent.
Abortion and Christian Social Ethics
Susan Van Riesen & Mako Nagasawa
Saturday, July 9, 16, 23 | 9am-10:15am
The issue of abortion at this moment in our country is so complex that many of us have not made space recently to think through it biblically, historically, and in terms of wholistic social ethics. Now that Roe v. Wade is, once again, on the forefront of the news and conversations, it may be time for us to learn, listen, discuss and ask God for more clarity and wisdom about this pivotal topic. Mako Nagasawa, the author of Abortion Policy and Christian Social Ethics in the United States (2021), will be leading us in conversation from his home in Boston.
The Joy of Waiting
Saturday, July 30 | 9am - 12:30 pm
We've all experienced the pain or disappointment of waiting. This contemplative retreat is an opportunity to learn what God says about waiting and to practice listening to the Holy Spirit. There is value, opportunities and yes, even JOY in the waiting.
Salsa Dance Lesson
Friday, June 24 | 6–7:15pm
Learn to dance salsa, a partner dance that originated in Cuba. We will learn the basics of and some fun variations in salsa, with some time at the end to practice your new moves. No dance experience necessary! No need to bring a partner—we will rotate partners throughout the class. We request that everyone wears a mask due to the nature of partner dance. Optional chance to grab dinner together afterwards.
Photo Fun & Learning Day
Paul Sathish and Ian Shou
Saturday, July 9 | 10am
We plan to have a photography day which covers a 1-hour introduction class (theory, tips and tools) followed by an outing (somewhere local, perhaps Palo Alto or Mountain View downtown) where folks get a chance to put their knowledge into practice and take photos.
We then plan to meet another day to review the photos we took and to share what we think of the pictures.
The Science and Art of Using Color in Your Home
Saturday, July 23 | 1–4pm
Tired of guessing when choosing color for your home? Interior designer Amanda Giles will use fine art to teach you the basics of color theory and your personal responses to color, then help you apply what you’ve learned to home decorating decisions.
Intro to Tech: Livestreaming, Projection, and Audio
3 Saturdays: Click below to sign up for the Session(s) you're interested in joining -
livestreamingJune 25 @3pm (in-person)
projectionJuly 2 @7:30pm ( virtual over Zoom)
AudioJuly 9 @1:15pm (in-person)
In this workshop series you will learn the basics of livestreaming with multiple cameras (including how to use video cameras), using ProPresenter for presentations, and how to set up and use a small sound system for music and spoken word. Each workshop will start with an overview tutorial and provide the opportunity for hands-on experience in a fun, no pressure environment.
No prior experience with tech is needed. Each session will be stand alone and focus on different areas — come to just one or all of them!
Wild Edibles Plant Walk in Ed Levin Park
Saturday, June 11 | 10am
Hike the beautiful foothills of Ed Levin County Park and learn about wild edibles of the Bay area and sustainable foraging practices. Identify common edibles like wild oats, wild chamomile, wild amaranth, elderberries, chickweed, miner’s lettuce, cleavers, plantain, and more. Many of these edible “weeds” volunteer and grow in our gardens. 2 to 3 mile moderate hike in partial shade. Please wear supportive shoes and sunscreen, bring a hat, water, and $6 for parking. Kids are welcome as long as they are supervised by their parents and if they can keep up.
Hiking in God’s Creation
June 18July 16
2 Saturdays @8am: Click on the date(s) above you're interested in joining
Please join us for a beautiful hike through God's creation, discovering wonderful things about nature and having good conversations while getting some exercise. We will be going on a moderate hike of 5-8 miles. We can carpool.